Evaluation: The New Andaz Maui Villas

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The Andaz Maui at Wailea is well some of the well-liked Hyatt properties on this planet. Whereas the resort has been open since 2013, this month it opened a brand new wing with villas. I figured our trip in Maui can be the right alternative to put in writing a evaluate of a brand new lodging possibility that additionally completely suited our journey (since we have been touring with my mother and her accomplice).

Fundamentals of the Andaz Maui villas

The Andaz Maui has a complete of 30 villas, and 19 of these are in a single constructing and model new, and are generally known as the Ilikai villas. These new villas vary from 1,900 to over 4,000 sq. ft (not together with out of doors area), they usually all have at the very least three bedrooms.

A reserving in one of many three bed room villas comes with the next inclusions:

  • Roundtrip airport transportation or complimentary valet parking all through your keep
  • A $150 each day resort credit score per villa
  • Complimentary each day breakfast for as much as two individuals per bed room
  • A one-time arise paddle board lesson for as much as eight individuals
  • Entry to a devoted VIP staff that may assist with customizing your Maui expertise

You’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the Andaz Maui villas on this submit.

Reserving the Andaz Maui villas

Ford is a Hyatt Privé journey advisor, and he booked us a backyard view villa (he’s in fact completely happy to assist others with these bookings, and may be reached at [email protected]). The speed on the time was $1,800 per evening, although by reserving by Hyatt Privé we obtained the next further perks:

  • A sixth evening free, for stays by December 20, 2021
  • An improve, topic to availability
  • A further $100 property credit score
  • A welcome amenity

Be aware that you may get related perks on the Andaz Maui by Hyatt Privé if reserving common rooms with money, and on high of that you just get free breakfast.

With the sixth evening free we have been paying a mean of $1,500 per evening. Clearly that’s quite a lot of money, although:

  • We obtained a complete of $1,000 in resort credit (a $150 nightly credit score, plus a further $100 credit score by Hyatt Privé); that’s cash we’d have in any other case spent, in order that’s like a mean of ~$167 again every evening
  • As a Globalist member paying with the World of Hyatt Credit score Card (evaluate) I earned a complete of over 100,000 World of Hyatt factors and 14,000 American AAdvantage miles, which I worth at an incremental return of ~$285 per evening
  • I’m very near reaching lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist standing, so if I’m going to spend fairly a bit of money out of pocket, I’d fairly it’s with Hyatt than one other resort group

All issues thought of I believe we obtained a fairly whole lot on a villa like this, particularly when you think about that normal visitor rooms over our dates ended up retailing for round $1,000 per evening.

Normally I’ve been discovering that the Andaz Maui villas typically value someplace round two to a few instances the price of a base room on the resort, so in these instances that looks as if worth. You get quite a lot of additional area, facilities, and inclusions. I think about pricing will change over time, however as of now I’d say pricing is engaging in comparison with the (admittedly inflated) normal room prices.

There’s no solution to redeem World of Hyatt factors for Andaz Maui villas. However to take a look at it in another way, a typical room on the resort prices 30,000 World of Hyatt factors per evening, so if I had booked two rooms that might have price 60,000 factors per evening. I worth these factors at 1.5 cents every, so that might be like spending $900 per evening price of factors.

Andaz Maui three bed room ocean view villa

I’ll begin my property evaluate by focusing particularly on our villa, after which I’ll speak about the remainder of the property. As we arrived on the resort we have been assisted by the bellmen. As soon as they verified our keep particulars, they known as the “VIP staff,” which takes care of villa visitors. Two superior individuals from that staff met us, and escorted us to our villa, noting that we’d be the primary individuals to remain on this specific villa.

While you’re dealing with the Andaz Maui, the brand new Ilikai villas are to the precise of reception. They’re in a 4 story constructing that’s staggered to maximise privateness, with 5 totally different “strains.” In different phrases, you’ve got 4 flooring with 5 villas every, besides on the highest flooring, the place the penthouse villa takes up the area of two villas.

Structure of the Andaz Maui Ilikai villas

Personally I wouldn’t actually think about these to be conventional villas (since they’re not standalone), however fairly simply very huge suites. Nevertheless, quite a lot of accommodations in Hawaii appear to categorize these sorts of suites as villas, so I simply need to acknowledge that you just guys aren’t lacking something.

Andaz Maui Ilikai villas exterior

These villas are model new, and as you possibly can see under, they’re nonetheless working a bit on the landscaping (we didn’t discover this to be problematic, as there was no noise, and from our villa all the things seemed regular).

Andaz Maui Ilikai villas exterior

We have been assigned villa 921, positioned on the second flooring. We had booked a 3 bed room backyard view villa, and obtained an improve to a 1,900 sq. foot three bed room ocean view villa.

Andaz Maui Ilikai villa entrance

Inside the doorway to the villa was a hallway — two of the three bedrooms have been to the precise, after which the dwelling space and master suite have been to the left.

Andaz Maui Ilikai villa entrance

The dwelling space, eating space, and kitchen, have been fairly spacious. There was an enormous eating desk with seating for eight individuals within the middle of the room.

Andaz Maui villa eating & dwelling space

Andaz Maui villa eating & dwelling space

Subsequent to that was the dwelling space, which appeared fairly underneath furnished, because it basically had a small sofa and a single chair. It was later defined to us that the resort remains to be ready on some furnishings for the villas, and the lounge ought to have two bigger and extra snug seats throughout from the sofa. Frankly we wouldn’t have spent a lot time in the lounge anyway, in order that didn’t hassle us, however you possibly can positively anticipate the dwelling space to be higher furnished sooner or later.

Andaz Maui villa dwelling space

The villa’s kitchen was actually spectacular — it was large, and featured a full dimension fridge and freezer, a wine fridge, a microwave, a range, and essentially the most spectacular in-room espresso machine I’ve ever seen.

Andaz Maui villa kitchen

Andaz Maui villa kitchen

Andaz Maui villa fridge

Andaz Maui villa wine fridge

The room had a Bosch espresso machine that might make something from common drip espresso, to an espresso, to a cappuccino. Whereas working it took some getting used to, it finally made a number of the greatest espresso I’ve ever had in a resort room. Kudos to the Andaz for investing in espresso, which is one thing I worth vastly.

Andaz Maui villa espresso machine & snacks

Andaz Maui villa espresso

As is normal at Andaz properties, there have been complimentary gentle drinks and snacks, together with chips, popcorn, soda, and extra. On high of that, we had a pleasant welcome amenity (which is a characteristic by Hyatt Privé), and that included a bottle of prosecco, all types of packaged snacks (together with native macadamia nuts), reusable water bottles, and extra.

Andaz Maui villa welcome amenity

Off the dwelling space was the balcony, which featured a grill and fridge, a eating desk with 4 chairs, and a sofa. Whereas this was an honest setup, personally I want they’d made the out of doors area a bit greater, provided that Hawaii is all in regards to the outdoor.

Andaz Maui villa balcony

Andaz Maui villa balcony

Andaz Maui villa balcony

These villas are set again fairly a bit on the Andaz property (in spite of everything, they have been solely constructed after the actual fact), so the views aren’t precisely that incredible. If you would like an oceanfront villa, the Andaz additionally has these (they’ve been there for years), although they’re dearer.

Andaz Maui villa view

Subsequent to the dwelling space was a room with a separate full-size washer and dryer. That is such a pleasant amenity to have, particularly once you’re on a seaside trip the place garments are inclined to get soiled.

Andaz Maui villa washer & dryer

The master suite was simply off the dwelling space, and featured a cushty king dimension mattress and wall-mounted TV.

Andaz Maui three bed room villa master suite

Andaz Maui three bed room villa master suite

The bed room had an enormous closet, which was excellent for storing our baggage with out making the room in any other case really feel cluttered.

Andaz Maui three bed room villa master suite closet

The toilet was additionally properly appointed, and featured double sinks, a bathe “compound” (with each a rainforest bathe and a soaking tub), in addition to a Toto rest room.

Andaz Maui three bed room villa grasp toilet

Andaz Maui three bed room villa grasp toilet bathe

Andaz Maui three bed room villa grasp toilet bathtub

Andaz Maui three bed room villa grasp bathroom lavatory

The second bed room was designed very equally to the main bedroom, besides it was a bit smaller, and it didn’t have the identical ocean view (fairly it confronted within the different route).

Andaz Maui villa second bed room

Andaz Maui villa second bed room

The second bed room had the identical toilet (together with double sinks and a bathe compound), and it additionally had the identical giant closet.

Andaz Maui villa second bed room toilet

In concept the third bed room was purported to characteristic a trundle (I truly needed to search for what that was), although the resort contacted us prematurely to tell us that they didn’t but have that kind of mattress. They requested if that was okay, as a result of in any other case they have been going to assign us a special villa. This wasn’t a difficulty in any respect, since we have been simply utilizing two of the bedrooms anyway.

As a makeshift answer they put a double (or perhaps queen?) mattress within the room. The third bed room positively felt a bit extra sparsely furnished than the remainder of the villa.

Andaz Maui villa third bed room

Andaz Maui villa third bed room

The third bed room doesn’t have an ensuite toilet, however fairly the third toilet is within the hallway, and encompasses a single sink and a bathe/tub combo.

Andaz Maui villa third bed room toilet

Andaz Maui villa third bed room bathe

Wi-Fi within the Andaz Maui villas labored nice, and the air con additionally labored very well. I really feel like good air con is one thing we don’t give accommodations credit score for, as a result of it’s one thing we solely discover when it’s not working as anticipated.

Are the Andaz Maui villas price it?

Earlier than we speak about the remainder of the resort, I figured I’d share my general tackle the Andaz Maui’s new villas. Forgetting the minor opening points (like the lounge and third bed room furnishings nonetheless being a piece in progress), listed here are a couple of common observations:

  • These villas provide the better of each worlds, within the sense that you just get an enormous dwelling area, a kitchen, a washer & dryer, a fridge, and many others., all whereas additionally gaining access to all of the facilities you’d anticipate from a resort (and I’d argue the Andaz is the second greatest resort in Wailea, after the 4 Seasons)
  • Personally Wailea is my favourite place to remain in Maui, and there’s not one other resort that I do know of that has these sorts of villas at this value level (if anybody is aware of of any, please let me know)
  • Whereas clearly not low cost, as of now I believe these villas supply an excellent worth proposition for teams (whether or not households, {couples} touring collectively, or a bunch of buddies) who worth being in Wailea and worth staying at a resort
  • When you’re touring as a bunch and keen to pay the speed for traditional rooms on the Andaz, then it’s completely price reserving a villa as a substitute, because it offers you much more area and additional facilities
  • Whereas I wouldn’t describe the villas as uber-luxurious, I did discover the decor to be nicer than in the usual visitor rooms on the Andaz

To steadiness that, I’d observe that these villas don’t essentially have a lot of a way of place (that’s an issue with many accommodations in Hawaii), I want the out of doors areas have been greater, and these villas are set again on the property, so your ocean views shall be pretty restricted.

Looking back I believe I might have in all probability most popular one of many floor flooring villas, which characteristic plunge swimming pools and have direct paths that assist you to stroll within the route of the ocean. A few of these are even entry-level backyard villas, although personally I believe they need to be recategorized a bit.

Some Andaz Maui villas have plunge swimming pools

Path from the villas in direction of the seaside

With the evaluate of the villa out of the best way, let’s speak about our expertise with the remainder of the property.

Andaz Maui foyer

The Andaz Maui’s foyer is positioned on the high of the resort, and is just attractive. Not solely is the design itself actually cool, however the foyer additionally has the most effective views of anyplace on the property.

Walkway to Andaz Maui foyer

Andaz Maui foyer

Andaz Maui foyer

Andaz Maui foyer

Andaz Maui foyer

Andaz Maui foyer

Andaz Maui foyer view

I believe it’s a missed alternative that they don’t have some form of a foyer lounge right here, as a result of this is able to be the nicest place within the resort from which to get pleasure from sundown cocktails. They’ve the seating, they simply don’t have the service or drinks.

Andaz Maui swimming pools

There’s not a single resort in Maui that I’ve seen that has as hanging of a pool setup because the Andaz, for my part, because the resort has 5 swimming pools. 4 of the swimming pools are “tiered,” and kind the middle of the resort.

Andaz Maui at Wailea swimming pools

Andaz Maui at Wailea swimming pools

Andaz Maui at Wailea swimming pools

Andaz Maui at Wailea swimming pools

Andaz Maui at Wailea swimming pools

Andaz Maui at Wailea swimming pools

Then there’s one other pool off to the facet (close to the spa) that many individuals don’t seen to learn about.

Andaz Maui at Wailea swimming pools

Whereas there would in all probability sometimes be loads of seating across the swimming pools, throughout coronavirus seating is considerably restricted to make sure correct distancing, and seats do are inclined to get “reserved” fairly early within the morning, sadly.

If you wish to safe a spot, you’ll in all probability need to play the irritating “sport” of reserving pool chairs.

Andaz Maui at Wailea swimming pools

Andaz Maui seaside

The Andaz has an unbelievable seaside, due to being in Wailea. The seaside is correct by the property close to the bottom pool, and there are attendants on the seaside who will arrange chairs and umbrellas for you. Surprisingly it was simpler to get chairs on the seaside than on the pool.

Andaz Maui at Wailea seaside

Wailea has top-of-the-line seashores in Maui, so you are able to do quite a lot of strolling on the seaside, and the views are breathtaking.

Andaz Maui at Wailea seaside

Andaz Maui at Wailea seaside

There are additionally non-motorized water sports activities accessible for hire.

Andaz Maui at Wailea non-motorized water sports activities

Andaz Maui gymnasium

The Andaz Maui has a wonderful gymnasium, with loads of cardio and weight machines.

Andaz Maui gymnasium

Andaz Maui gymnasium

Andaz Maui gymnasium

Because of coronavirus they’re limiting capability, and in concept they solely allow you to use the gymnasium for a forty five minute interval, as a result of the gymnasium is disinfected the final quarter-hour of each hour. Nevertheless, in follow it appeared just like the gymnasium was cleaned on an ongoing foundation, and we by no means truly obtained kicked out at 45 minutes previous the hour.

Andaz Maui eating

The Andaz Maui has a wide range of eating choices:

  • Ka’ana Kitchen is the Andaz Maui’s main restaurant, and it’s open for breakfast from 6:30AM till 11AM, and for dinner from 5:30PM till 8PM
  • Morimoto is the Andaz’s (chain) Japanese restaurant, and it’s open for lunch and dinner, from 12PM till 8PM each day
  • Lehua Lounge is the Andaz’s main lounge & bar, and it’s open each day from 11AM till 10PM; this has stay music from 6PM till 9PM nightly, besides on Sundays and Tuesdays
  • Bumbye Seashore Bar is the Andaz’s pool bar, and it’s open each day from 11AM till 5PM
  • Mokapu Market is the Andaz’s grab-and-go market, and it’s open each day from 5AM till 10PM
  • Whereas there’s in-room eating, the menu is frustratingly restricted in the intervening time, and principally overlaps with the Lehua Lounge menu; if you need one thing from Ka’ana Kitchen for dinner or from Morimoto for lunch or dinner, you’ll have to select it up your self

Beneath are some sheets we got at check-in about actions, menus, and providers on the resort, must you need to scan any of the QR codes to take a look at menus, pricing, and many others.

Beneath I’ll share my experiences with the eating retailers we visited.

Andaz Maui breakfast at Ka’ana Kitchen

We had breakfast each day at Ka’ana Kitchen. Whereas the restaurant has each indoor and out of doors seating, the truth is that the doorways between each areas are completely open, so actually the entire restaurant virtually feels prefer it’s outdoor.

Andaz Maui Ka’ana Kitchen seating

Andaz Maui Ka’ana Kitchen seating

Andaz Maui Ka’ana Kitchen seating

Breakfast consists of a buffet, although it’s staffed, so that you simply level at what you need after which it’s plated for you. Then your server will convey you drinks (specialty espresso drinks and contemporary juices are included) in addition to cooked to order eggs.

The buffet has two most important stations.

Andaz Maui breakfast buffet

Andaz Maui breakfast buffet

One station has contemporary fruit, smoked salmon, chilly cuts, cheese, pastries, yogurt, oatmeal, pastries, bread, and extra.

Andaz Maui breakfast buffet

Andaz Maui breakfast buffet

Andaz Maui breakfast buffet

Andaz Maui breakfast buffet

Then one other station has a number of scorching dishes, together with scrambled eggs, breakfast meat, potatoes, waffles, pancakes, and extra.

Andaz Maui breakfast buffet

Andaz Maui breakfast buffet

The juices and iced lattes have been wonderful, as have been the omelets.

Andaz Maui breakfast drinks

Andaz Maui breakfast omelet

By the best way, in case you’re a fellow scorching sauce fanatic, they’ve wonderful scorching sauces accessible, so I like to recommend particularly asking for the native scorching sauces, as a result of they’re so significantly better than Tabasco.

Andaz Maui breakfast scorching sauce

Be aware that resulting from eating being capped at 50%, there was typically a wait to get a desk at breakfast. This wasn’t a difficulty after we went early, and for that matter even when there was a wait, it wasn’t greater than 20 minutes. Whereas that may be a minor annoyance, that’s only a actuality of touring throughout these instances.

Breakfast ordinarily prices $49 per particular person plus tip. Breakfast was included with our keep (together with an 18% service cost), so we simply needed to signal the invoice each morning. There positive is a few sticker shock to signing a $241 breakfast invoice each morning, even in case you’re not truly paying for it. 😉

Andaz Maui breakfast invoice

Andaz Maui Lehua Lounge

Lehua Lounge is positioned subsequent to the highest pool, and it was a stunning place from which to observe the sundown, particularly given the stay music most nights.

Andaz Maui Lehua Lounge

Andaz Maui Lehua Lounge

Andaz Maui Lehua Lounge cocktails

One evening we ended up having dinner right here. We had a reservation to dine out, however some locations in Wailea apparently had points with their water pipes, so our reservation was canceled on us. Having dinner at Lehua Lounge appeared like the best possibility.

Lehua Lounge has a fairly various menu. We had curried shrimp and quick rib tostada to begin.

Andaz Maui Lehua Lounge meals

Andaz Maui Lehua Lounge meals

Then for the primary course we had a coconut curry bowl and wagyu burger.

Andaz Maui Lehua Lounge meals

Andaz Maui Lehua Lounge meals

Andaz Maui Bumbye Seashore Bar

Service on the pool was at all times from Bumbye Bar, which had wonderful cocktails and a few respectable snacks. We ordered drinks when lounging on the pool, and likewise had a snack one afternoon.

Andaz Maui Bumbye Bar

Andaz Maui Bumbye Bar meals

Andaz Maui Bumbye meals

Andaz Maui the Feast at Mokapu Luau

Twice per week the Andaz Maui hosts a luau, generally known as the Feast at Mokapu Luau, and we determined to do that one evening. I had by no means performed a luau in Hawaii earlier than, and whereas very costly, I knew my mother and her accomplice would get pleasure from it, so I figured it was well worth the splurge.

The luau takes place from 5:30PM till 8PM, and is sort of an expertise. It’s arrange on the garden of the Andaz, with a tremendous view of the ocean and sundown.

Andaz Maui luau setup 

After we arrived we have been provided a welcome drink. On high of that there was an open bar, so you may get your self as many drinks as you needed.

Andaz Maui luau welcome drinks

It’s my understanding that previously the meals on the luau was served household model, however resulting from coronavirus every particular person is now served individually. Beneath yow will discover the menu.

The meals was scrumptious, particularly when you think about the challenges with serving so many individuals directly.

Andaz Maui luau bread rolls

Andaz Maui luau starter

Andaz Maui luau most important course

Andaz Maui luau most important course

After all the actual spotlight was the present fairly than the meals. Moving into I used to be slightly apprehensive, since I feared it will be Disney-esque. However that was completely unfounded, and the present was very well performed. It was mixture of story telling, dancing, singing, and performing, and particularly I cherished the emcee, Mistress something-or-another (I forgot her title, however she did go by “Mistress”) — she was such good vibes.

The one a part of the efficiency I might have performed with out is your complete lifeless pig being introduced out, since I don’t eat pork (however I get that’s a part of the luau idea).

Andaz Maui luau

Andaz Maui luau

Andaz Maui service

I used to be impressed by service on the Andaz. It was constantly skilled and pleasant throughout the board, from the pool attendants, to the restaurant servers, to the valet employees, to the entrance workplace associates. Quite a lot of accommodations are having staffing points proper now, however I didn’t discover that to be a difficulty on the Andaz.

Now, admittedly service wasn’t essentially significantly attentive, however I additionally don’t anticipate that in a virtually full resort with lots of of rooms. Nonetheless, all calls to the operator have been answered rapidly, all requests to have our villa cleaned have been promptly taken care of, no orders have been ever forgotten, and many others.

Andaz Maui villas backside line

I’m grateful we had an opportunity to remain within the new Andaz Maui villas. These villas are a implausible new lodging possibility for these touring in teams, seeking to keep in Wailea (which might be my most popular location in Maui), and who need the issues individuals like about houses (kitchen, washer & dryer, and many others.) whereas additionally having the facilities of a terrific resort.

The Andaz Maui typically is a superb property — it’s simply essentially the most trendy main resort in Maui, and it has a number of the greatest public amenities.

I do know quite a lot of OMAAT readers have booked stays within the new Andaz Maui villas, and plenty of are planning stays within the resort portion of the Andaz Maui. Hopefully this provides you sense of what to anticipate.

Extra vital than the rest, we have been capable of spend a lot high quality time collectively on this journey, and having a shared area like a villa made that each one the higher. My mother cherished the villa, and that’s what’s most vital to me.

What do you make of the brand new Andaz Maui villas?


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